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As of now through the duration of the breeding season all schedule one birds , red status birds and birds of a sensitive nature to this area will be omitted from the blog or reported as undisclosed site due to the widespread persecution of nesting birds by unscrupulous parties including game keepers and egg collectors.
Any of the above species that are obviously on passage through the area will be reported as normal.
This also applies to wildlife such as Roe Deer, Badger and Hares which are badly under threat from poaching and long dogging in the area at present and unfortunately this exclusion of wildlife will have to continue throughout the year.
Just another sign of the times.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Sunday morning rounds

                        Curlews back at most sites now


             Little Owl back at Leeshaw after a winter absent
            Good passage of Herring gulls >W
                                       Male Goosander over Leeshaw
                                    Several Oystercatchers around
            Both Barnacles still at Cold Edge Dams



A dark and drizzly morning as I headed out on a reservoir check but birdable though not a photographic morning with very poor light.
Leeshaw sounded like spring with Lapwings displaying in every field and the calls of Curlews and Oystercatchers.  The same birds were back at Fly Flatts but lower numbers and moving around, not yet established.

Lower Laithe
3 Oystercatchers
9 Canadas
7 Greylag
Small gulls

Leeshaw
5 Oystercatchers
11 Curlew
Little Owl
c200 Starling
38 Fieldfare
2 Cormorant
Heron
1m Goosander.......................>E
19 Herring gull....................>W
sev Lapwings holding territory

Fly Flatts
1m Stonechat
4 Curlew
1 Oystercatcher

Cold Edge Dams
2 Barnacle Geese
110 Canadas
4 Greylag
2 Oystercatchers
3 Curlew
Dams not checked

Mixenden
1pr Goosander
3f Goldeneye
usual gulls

Raggalds Flood
3 Mallard
c30 Redwing
2 Lapwing
BS

1 comment:

David Sutcliffe said...

Not a bad list there Bri. Things starting to happen now with the waders back. Goosander are very photogenic.